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Veterans Day 2012

by Brian DeHart 11/8/2012 3:16:00 PM

Veterans Day originated as “Armistice Day” on November 11, 1919--the first anniversary of the end of World War I. Congress passed a resolution in 1926 for an annual observance, and November 11 became a national holiday beginning in 1938. President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed legislation in 1954 to change the name to Veterans Day as a way to honor those who served in all American wars. The day honors military veterans with parades and speeches across the nation including a ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia, pictured below.

As the 11th falls on a Sunday this year, Monday is the recognized federal holiday. All DePaul Libraries will maintain normal hours; classes also meet as usual.

Sailor and Girl at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, May 1943, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division

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